**$!!!!@?%!?!&?**! That’s my reaction to movie # 6: Sleeping Beauty (2011). I know I wasn’t supposed to review a movie yet, and I usually wait till I finish reading my book, but this COULD NOT WAIT!
I’m usually not a harsh critic…Usually. But there comes a time when I stumble on a film I just couldn’t deal with. The kind of film you scream at the TV, for it to make sense, or have a point. Or even scream in anger to the crazy person who wrote and/or directed the film. Well I nominate Sleeping Beauty #1 on: “What did I just Watch?!”
Not only did the screenwriter think of such a twisted and pointless thing, but SHE decided to direct it as well. Maybe I’m getting carried away, because its the middle of the night. But as a woman, I don’t understand this. Let’s get this straight, in no way am I a prude, but there are limits.
I enjoy a strong, female character and I was intrigued by the trailer AND I thought Emily Browning had some potential as an actress, after I saw Sucker Punch…BUT, I don’t enjoy sadistic, perverted men and abuse towards women. Granted, she signed up for the gig and maybe, possibly knew what she was getting into, but she definitely wasn’t a strong, female character…in my opinion. You could say she did it for a good cause, but you really have to search and pay attention to see why she does what she does. She gave up her freedom’s so easily, without thinking!
If you don’t know the plot, it’s about a young woman who prostitutes herself. She does it while heavily sedated and men can do what they like with her…except have sex.
The beginning even seemed intriguing and made me curious, but as I got deeper and deeper, it was too late. I kept hoping there would be a point to all the torture, but all in all, it just made me feel depressed at the end.
Maybe Leigh was trying to teach us something, but I couldn’t get past what was happening on screen. It seriously was not that perverted, but the idea was just so sick to me and then the ending seemed so incomplete…I guess the moral could be to not coast by life and just exist, but to participate in it and not be apathetic. And have some character and respect for yourself. Maybe? I really don’t know. Has anyone else seen this?? (It’s on Netflix.) I really want to know. I’m adding this to my least favorite movies, up there with Requiem for a Dream. I’m going to trust IMDB ratings a little more now…plus I didn’t need to see old man junk.
Sorry for all the CAPS!